feather (one's) nest

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feather (one's) nest

To furnish and beautify one's residence. Now that the apartment is officially mine, I can't wait to start feathering my nest!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

feather one's (own) nest

1. Fig. to decorate and furnish one's home in style and comfort. (Alludes to birds lining their nests with feathers to make them warm and comfortable.) With the new family room and expanded kitchen, they seem to have feathered their nest quite comfortably.
2. Fig. to use power and prestige to provide for oneself selfishly. (Said especially of politicians who use their offices to make money for themselves.) The mayor seemed to be helping people, but she was really feathering her own nest. The building contractor used a lot of public money to feather his nest.
See also: feather, nest
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

feather one's nest

Acquire wealth for oneself, especially by taking advantage of one's position or using the property of others. For example, Bill's many profitable consulting assignments enabled him to feather his nest quite comfortably . This expression alludes to birds making a soft nest for their eggs. [Mid-1500s]
See also: feather, nest
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

feather your nest

If someone feathers their nest, they take advantage of their job or position in order to get a lot of money, so that they can lead a comfortable life. People seem to feel that politicians only care about helping out their rich friends and feathering their own nests. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval. Note: Some birds line their nests with soft feathers which they take from their own breasts or gather from the ground.
See also: feather, nest
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

feather your (own) nest

make money, usually illicitly and at someone else's expense.
This phrase refers to the way in which some birds use feathers (their own or another bird's) to line the interior of their nest.
1998 Spectator It won't solve a damned thing except feather the nests of a lot of dodgy pen-pushers and party hacks.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

feather your (own) ˈnest

make yourself richer, especially by spending money on yourself that should be spent on something else: He’s been feathering his own nest at the expense of the people he was supposed to be helping.
See also: feather, nest
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

feather (one's) nest

To grow wealthy by taking advantage of one's position or by making use of property or funds left in one's trust.
See also: feather, nest
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

feather one's nest, to

To enrich oneself, to provide well for oneself. Alluding to the practice of birds making a soft nest for their eggs and young, this expression originated in the sixteenth century. It appeared in the 1553 play Respublica (1:1) by an unknown author, as well as in several other works of the period. It was a cliché by the eighteenth century.
See also: feather, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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So anxious to seek the Penguins approval and the residents' vote, the city's Top Dog handed the devilish birds $150,000 in taxpayer casino cash so they could feather their nest, so to speak.
The young birds are hungry and father must go To seek food flying far and wide and high and low It is a constant battle to feed the chicks If they are lucky they may get last night's fish and chips In winter feeding the birds is a good thing And life to your garden they do bring The birds appreciate your crumbs I think And do not forget to give them drink The young birds will soon pass their flying test And they will be back next year to feather their nest G McLANDERS, Byker.
This documentary goes behind the scenes, talking to the priests themselves (incl Fr John Skehan, above), two Irish clerics who decided to feather their nest in the USA, their victims, and the people who helped convict them.
HOMEOWNERS are invited to feather their nest at a furniture sale run by charity workers in Warwickshire.
Telman On the elected mayor campaign All councillors and politicians say "this is best for you and the city", but in reality it will feather their nest for four years, thank you very much.
THRIFTY residents can help birds feather their nest on Valentine's Day.
I'm not entirely sure I want someone coming into local politics - which after all, should be about public service - on the basis of how well they can feather their nest.
There are, I dare say, some of the MPs in parliament, there for the commitment to the folk who elected them, but I feel there are those who are only interested in how much they can feather their nests, so to speak.
This argument is buttressed by the fact that often times, the MPs have complained that they are not treated well compared to the Cabinet Secretaries and judges, when it comes to pay and benefits.The sad reality is that this quest to feather their nests and basically lead a good life comes at a time when other Kenyans are struggling to put food on the table, and meet other pressing family needs.
Successful bankers and their minions have invariably put the arts of 'hedging' and 'fudging' to good use in order to feather their nests. Persons addicted to games of chance 'hedge' their bets to cushion the impact of a loss.
This means the generals will continue to feather their nests with the profits from recently discovered diamond mines.
Sara Smith, of KPMG's Newcastle forensic practice, says: "We are seeing individuals looking to feather their nests through ripping off employers, banks or the government.
The only people who gained from our history are the same people who own 95 per cent of the wealth - the rich, so-called upper classes who all through our history have used the working classes, black and white, to feather their nests.
People will want to feather their nests to attract friends over to hang out, and there is an option, when talking with an on-screen character, to click over to see their real-world Facebook profile.
It guts me to think I served my country for these muppets to feather their nests.